Pediatric Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Will my child sleep during treatment?

Conscious sedation has the benefit of making children drowsy and less reactive during dental treatment. They may or may not fall asleep. In either case, conscious sedation makes the experience more comfortable for your child and enables the dentist to safely complete the required treatment.

Will my child cry?

Every child responds differently to treatment. Crying is a very normal response from children. It is the most natural way in which they can communicate their emotions and needs. If your child cries it does not mean they are experiencing pain.

May I accompany my child to the treatment room?

During a sedation appointment it is imperative that the focus be solely on your child. For this reason, parents remain in the waiting area during treatment. For some parents, it is difficult to separate from their child. Please remember that it is for the safety and welfare of your child that we allow only sedation personnel in the operatory during sedation appointment.

Why can’t my child eat before the sedation?

It is very important for your child to have an empty stomach when using oral conscious sedation. If your child eats within 6 hours of the sedation appointment this could cause nausea and puts the child at risk for aspiration during treatment.

Will my child be cooperative during treatment?

A positioning and protective stabilization wrap is used for every sedated child. Your child will be swaddled in this wrap for the duration of the procedure. This helps ensure the safety of your child and efficiency of dental treatment being performed.

How is my child monitored during treatment?

During the procedure, there is continuous monitoring of oxygen saturation and heart rate and intermittent recording of respiratory rate and blood pressure.

Should I talk to my child about the procedure afterwards?

We always encourage positive reinforcement with your child. Please refrain from asking your child questions about the procedure. Most sedatives have an amnesiac effect which allows the child to forget the procedure and your child will continue to want to come to visit the dentist on a regular basis.

What if the sedative makes my child restless?

Some children do become restless once the sedative begins to take effect. This is a normal reaction. This just means that the sedative is working and that your child is beginning to feel very drowsy. Some children do not like that they can’t control the way they feel so they become cranky and restless. Please do not be alarmed or embarrassed if your child has this reaction. It is very common and we are still able to treat the child safely and efficiently. If your child does become restless, always feel free to notify the front desk and someone will escort your child to a more quiet area in the back if you desire.

How is the sedative administered?

The sedative is administered orally by the doctor based on age and weight. We provide the sedative in the office, so no need to pick up any prescription.

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